Though there have been some disputes about fighter pay in the UFC as of late between the company and top stars like Jon Jones and Jorge Masvidal, at the top level, UFC stars make great money. The issue of pay is about whether they earn a fair percentage of what they earn for the company, but even still, popular fighters and champions are guaranteed hundreds of thousands of dollars every time they fight.
Of course, when you’re that popular, you likely have a few different revenue streams that contribute to your net worth. Below is a list of some of the richest UFC fighters.
- Conor McGregor ($120 million)
- Khabib Nurmagomedov ($30 million)
- Georges St-Pierre ($30 million)
- Brock Lesnar ($28 million)
- Anderson Silva ($18 million)
- Alistair Overeem ($15.5 million)
- Ronda Rousey ($13 million)
- Jon Jones ($10 million)
- José Aldo ($9 million)
- Michael Bisping ($9 million)
- Donald Cerrone ($9 million)
- Nate Diaz ($8 million)
- Daniel Cormier ($6 million)
- Jorge Masvidal ($6 million)
- Amanda Nunes ($4 million)
It’s no secret that Conor McGregor is not only the richest UFC fighter, but one of the richest sports athletes in the world. For his last fight with Cowboy Cerrone, he was guaranteed $3 million just to show up and considering the event sold 1 million PPVs, he likely made millions off the backend too. In terms of other business, Conor’s Proper 12 whiskey has sold hundreds of thousands of bottles since its release, contributing significantly to his bank account.
It is reported that Khabib Nurmagomedov made a guarantee of $6 million for his last fight with Dustin Poirier and that numbers comes from Khabib’s late father Abdulmanap who said that his son will make triple what he earned in the Conor fight, which was $2 million. Even if that number is high as an upfront payment, there’s no doubt Khabib banked millions, with the event in Abu Dhabi and subsequent scheduled events being built around him and his appeal to the natives there.
Widely regarded as the best to ever do it in MMA, Georges St-Pierre has the net worth to show for it. Though he is now retired from the sport, in his last fight with Michael Bisping, GSP was guaranteed $2.5 million and the fact that he is a PPV draw means he earned millions from PPV points too. Outside of fighting, GSP has boasted endorsement deals with Under Armour, Affliction, 888Poker, EA and more big companies.
Though he is still under contract with the UFC, Brock Lesnar currently wrestles for WWE where he is one of their most valued stars, supposedly making over $6 million every year. Brock made his name in pro-wrestling and came over to MMA afterwards, where he would help bring over fans from the wrestling side of things. Him fighting means big bucks for the UFC so he makes them in return, earning $2.5 million upfront for his UFC 200 fight against Mark Hunt.
Though he hasn’t been fighting at the top level for a few years, with just one win since 2012, Brazilian legend Anderson Silva still has name value and the UFC recognises that. For his last fight versus top Middleweight contender Jared Cannonier, he earned a flat fee of $600k, which he has been earning for years as a minimum. He has also had sponsorship deals with Nike, Burger King and more.
Earlier this year, Overeem fought his 65th professional MMA fight against Walt Harris. For it, he earned about half a million dollars, which has been his standard for years now. Overeem is a legend in the sport and has done all there is to do except for winning a UFC title. Even if his current last try for the Heavyweight championship doesn’t work out, it’ll help his retirement fund.
She isn’t officially retired from the sport, but given how her last two fights went, her time away and the comfort she’s found in professional wrestling, it’s unlikely that Ronda Rousey ever fights again. She certainly doesn’t need to, with a net worth of $13 million. Her WWE salary was reportedly $1.5 million and for her fight against Amanda Nunes at UFC 207, she was guaranteed $3 million.
Jones has been one of the fighters that has been in a public feud with Dana and the UFC for wanting more money for a move up to Heavyweight. He certainly deserves more, but even if he continues to fight at 205lbs, he’ll be guaranteed $500k every fight, likely making significantly more off the backend. In his early twenties, Jonny Bones was also the first MMA fighter to be sponsored by Nike, the first MMA fighter with their own shoe and the first MMA fighter to represent Gatorade.
After conquering 145lbs and becoming the greatest Featherweight of all time, José Aldo moved down to Bantamweight last year to fight fellow Brazilian Marlon Moraes and for it, he made $400k, which he also made in his last fight against Petr Yan. Aldo also makes good money from sponsorship and expressed his concern for losing money from those deals due to the coronavirus pandemic.
For a long time, Michael Bisping was one of the highest paid MMA fighters in the world, bringing in fans from Europe for the UFC. He’s been retired for years now, but still made significant over his long career. To fight GSP at UFC 217 he was guaranteed $500k and just a few weeks later when he fought Kelvin Gastelum, he made another quarter of a million dollars. He currently makes money commentating for the UFC.
Cowboy’s reputation in MMA is that he fights whoever, whenever. He boasts the most wins in UFC history and is in great standing with the company. Though he was guaranteed his standard rate of $200k to fight Conor in January, he likely earned a big bonus behind closed doors and a bunch of money from PPV points. He also has a deal with P3.
When RDA pulled out of his fight with Conor McGregor at UFC 196, Nate Diaz’s dream had come true and he was finally going to be paid his worth. He made half a million on short notice, then $2 million for the rematch. He proved he could be a star on his own when he fought Pettis in a big fight and propelled Jorge Masvidal to stardom too. With his brother Nick, he founded a CBD company called Game Up Nutrition a few years back.
Being called a “company man” is often an insult, but Daniel Cormier’s bank account makes it hard for him to take offence. For his upcoming fight against Stipe Miocic, he’ll earn the exact same money he earned when he was champion which adds up to millions when all the figures are in. He also makes handsome checks commentating for the UFC.
The UFC’s newest star, Jorge Masvidal just fought Kamaru Usman for the 170lb title on short notice. This came after he was supposed to get the fight in the first place but was passed over due to disputes over money. In the end he lucked out after Gilbert Burns was forced to pull out. Just like against Nate Diaz, he made $500k upfront, but this time with generous PPV points which he’ll make seven figures from. He recently launched Recuerdo Mezcal too.
Easily the most accomplished woman to ever fight in MMA, Amanda Nunes is currently the women’s 135lb and 145lb champ in the UFC. She’s done everything there is to do in the sport but is still going. In her last fight against Felicia Spencer, her 11th straight win, he made $450k with PPV points adding on.